Social isolation has been shown to lead to poor health and even premature death. New research just published by the AARP Public Policy Institute finds that isolation also increases health care costs: a lack of social contacts among older adults is associated with an estimated $6.7 billion in additional Medicare spending annually.
This event, hosted by the AARP Public Policy Institute, was a discussion of social isolation’s effects on individuals’ health, its impact on Medicare spending, and potential policy solutions to address social isolation and its consequences. In addition, panelists discussed how social isolation became recognized as a major public health concern in the UK and how the issue can be better recognized in the US. Also discussed were current efforts by the AARP Foundation and Medicare Advantage plans to address the issue.
Watch the archived videos below:
Part 1. The Impact of Social Isolation on Medicare spending. Meet the researchers and issue experts who have identified social isolation as the new silent killer. PPI’s new study confirms that Medicare is spending $6.7 billion annually as a result of this public health issue.
Part 2. Solutions to Address Social Isolation. Learn more from experts working to solve the problem of social isolation both in the U.S. and abroad. What we need to do next is develop the evidence base for sound solutions.
January 31, 2018
Panel One: The Impact of Social Isolation on Health Care Spending
9:00am-9:20am: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Susan Reinhard, Senior Vice President and Director, AARP Public Policy Institute & Chief Strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America
Moderator: Susan Reinhard
9:20am-9:35am: Findings from PPI’s Report on Social Isolation and Medicare Spending
Lynda Flowers, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute
9:35am-10:05am: Panel Discussion
Tricia Neuman, Senior Vice President of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Director of the Foundation’s Program on Medicare Policy
Jonathan Shaw, Clinical Assistant Professor Medicine and Director of Community Partnerships, Division of Primary Care & Population Health, Stanford University School of Medicine
10:05am-10:20am: Panel One Q & A Session
Panel Two: Solutions to Address Social Isolation
10:35am-10:40am: Opening Remarks and Introduction of Panel Two
Lina Walker, Vice President, Health Security, AARP Public Policy Institute
Moderator: Lina Walker
10:40am-10:55am: AARP Foundation Initiatives to Address Social Isolation
Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation
10:55am-11:25am Panel Discussion
Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Professor, Brigham Young University
Janet Morrison, CEO, Independent Age and Chair of Campaign to End Loneliness in the UK
Sara Stevenson, MBA, Strategic Consultant of the Bold Goal, Office of the Chief Medical Officer at Humana
11:25am-11:40am Panel Two Q & A Session
11:40am-12:00pm: Closing Remarks
Debra Whitman, Executive Vice President and Chief Public Policy Officer, AARP
The Public Policy Institute (PPI) informs and stimulates public debate on the issues we face as we age. PPI promotes the development of sound, creative, unbiased policies to address our common need for financial security, health care, and quality of life. To learn more about Social Isolation and other pertinent topics on aging visit https://www.aarp.org/ppi/.